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Thursday 19 September 2019

Cannonball coming to Slane next month

Cannonball will roll on September 6th - 8th with over 190,000 people expected to line the streets all around Ireland and, this year.

Meath man and founder of Cannonball Alan Bannon is delighted to bring the spectacular event to his home county when the event comes to Slane Castle and Village on September 8th  with proceeds to teh Irish Cancer Society.

"I am delighted to take Cannonball to Slane this year and we have fantastic plans for the event". he said "There is great momentum behind the event and we have some brilliant surprises in store with special guest stars and some really incredible cars. It will be a fantastic free family day out"

Cannonball, fuelled by milesPlus from Circle K, will start at Malahide in Dublin this year on September 6th and top mark cars including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley will blaze a trail through Ballymaloe, Killarney, Limerick, Ballina, Sligo, Slane Castle and Village with the finish line in Edenderry, Co Offaly.

There will be opportunities for spectators to view the event in Slane Village and also in Slane Castle. The cars will roll into Slane Castle at 2pm on Sunday September 8th where they will attempt to set a world record for the highest revvs ever recorded. There are FREE tickets available on Eventbrite to view the cars at Slane Castle but there is also an opportunity to see the cars at 3.30pm when the convoy goes through Slane Village with the electric atmosphere that Cannonball has become renowed for.

Alan's original inspiration for this massive event was actually from his Mum Bridget Bannon and his sister Sylvia Cummins from Dunsaney who were involved with Barretstown 9 years ago when the event was conceived. Since then, Cannonball has raised over €1,000,000 for various charities but it all began with Barretstown. It was a huge undertaking but the event is going from strength to strength and every year Alan's parents Bridget and Liam Bannon are a huge support and beam with pride as Cannonball wows fans all over the country.

Spectators from Meath and surrounding counties will enjoy the unique festival atmosphere that Cannonball is renowned for and it is a free family day out. The Brazilian Dancers will bring all the glamour of carnival, fire breathers, street entertainers, live music and free giveaways get the party started as the largest screens in Ireland shows live footage as crowds gather to welcome the event from about 5pm on Sunday the 8th. The cars will be on display until approx. 8pm. Cannonball is always quite a star studded event and this year there are reports that some Love Islanders and Corrie stars will be joining the ranks.

Drogheda Independent

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